This is a fascinating 1907 bird's-eye view style Trolley Wayfinder pocket map of New England prepared by George Walker and issued by the New England Street Railway Club. This is most likely GeorgeH Walker's most beautiful map and certainly the most attractive of his 'Trolley Wayfinder Series.' Centered on Boston and oriented with north to the right, the map reveals New England from Portland to New York City and Long Island, excluding Cape Cod. It features the extensive trolley lines connecting the major New England cities such as Boston, Providence, Brockton, Plymouth, Manchester, Springfield, Portsmouth, Portland, Worchester, Hartford and others. It also notes railway lines, parks, lakes, rivers and other geographic features. Overall, a charming example showing the extent of the trolley service during the early twentieth century.
This map was created by Geo H. Walker at the behest of the New England Street Railway Club. This view maps was issued in several editions from about 1904 to 1907. This, the 1907, is most likely the most beautiful, as it incorporates the latest chromolithographic techniques for a dramatic full color effect lacking in earlier editions. Other editions of this map were issued by the Metropolitan News Company.
George Hiram Walker (January 4, 1852 - November 14, 1927) was a Boston based publisher of books, views, and maps active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Springfield, Vermont, Walker started his life as a dry goods merchant but developed an active interest in publishing during the early 1870s. Walker began publishing in 1878 when he partnered with an unknown New York Firm. Two years later, Walker brought the operation in house by partnering with his brother, Oscar W. Walker, in the opening of a lithography studio at 81 Milk Street, Boston. Shortly thereafter the firm expanded to new offices at 160 Tremont Street, Boston. The Walker brothers produced a large corpus of works, most of which focused on travel and tourism in New England. Walker also established the Walker-Gordon Milk Laboratory with Dr. Thomas Morgan Rotch and Gustave Gordon. This interesting investment was based on the premise that infant deaths could be avoided by providing higher quality milk. The company eventually became a great success, producing a high-quality cow milk that closely resembled human breast milk. In the process the Walker-Gordon laboratory developed many of the dairy health standards that are still with us today. Walker married Irene L. Loud on March 25, 1885. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Accompanied by original binder.
Harvard, Pusey Library, Hollis: 004531133. G3721.P33 1904 .W3.